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IBM and Microsoft collaborate on generative AI for businesses, OpenAI is working on an AI powered Content Moderation System, Ford CEO runs into some trouble when he hits the road in his new F-150 Lightning EV and Google is working on an A.I. Assistant that offers life advice.

IBM and Microsoft Collaborate to Enhance Generative AI Impact For Business

IBM announced that it is expanding its partnership with Microsoft to accelerate the deployment of generative AI solutions for its joint enterprise clients. Both companies will introduce a new offering aimed at equipping clients with the essential expertise and technology required to streamline their business processes and scale generative AI capabilities. In collaboration with Microsoft, IBM Consulting will focus on guiding clients through the implementation and expansion of Azure OpenAI Service, via the newly introduced IBM Consulting Azure OpenAI Service solution.

Google Maps Will Stop Showing Gas Stations to EV Owners

Earlier this week, Google Maps reportedly demoted gas stations in the points of interest categories list for electric vehicle owners using Android Auto. Google confirmed the changes, which it noted have been available to EV drivers since 2022. “To help people get the most relevant information when navigating, last year we added the ability for EV drivers to see a shortcut for charging stations instead of gas stations on Google Maps for Android Auto,” Google spokesperson Pearl Xu told The Verge.

OpenAI Is Using GPT-4 to Build an AI-Powered Content Moderation System

Content moderation has been one of the thorniest issues on the internet for decades. It’s a difficult subject matter for anyone to tackle, considering the subjectivity that goes hand-in-hand with figuring out what content should be permissible on a given platform. ChatGPT maker OpenAI thinks it can help, putting GPT-4’s content moderation skills to the test. The company wrote in a blog post that GPT-4 can not only help make content moderation decisions, but aid in developing policies and swiftly iterating on policy changes, “reducing the cycle from months to hours.” The model can parse the various regulations and nuances in content policies and instantly adapt to any updates, resulting in more consistent labeling of content.

The AI Rules That US Policymakers Are Considering, Explained

AI is getting seriously good. And the federal government is finally getting serious about AI. The White House announced a suite of artificial intelligence policies in May. In July, they brokered a number of voluntary safety commitments from leading AI companies to ensure they’re secure against cyberattack and guard against misuse by bad actors.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined his preferred approach to regulation in a June speech and promised prompt legislation, telling his audience, “many of you have spent months calling on us to act. I hear you loud and clear.” Independent regulators like the Federal Trade Commission have been going public to outline how they plan to approach the technology. A bipartisan group wants to ban the use of AI to make nuclear launch decisions, at the very minimum.

Google Tests an AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

For the past several months, Google has been consistently rolling out generative AI tech like the launch of the Search Engine Experience and giving Chrome the ability to summarize news articles. In the future, the tech giant may be taking artificial intelligence into a new frontier: offering life advice. This information comes from a recently published New York Times article detailing the company’s next big AI project. DeepMind, Google’s own artificial intelligence research lab, has been testing new technology that could effectively turn generative AI “into a personal life coach”. They state that DeepMind is trying to find a way to have their model “perform at least 21 different types of personal and professional tasks” such as “ideas, planning instructions, [plus] tutoring tips”.

Ford CEO Goes On Road Trip in Electric F-150, Runs Into Charging “Reality Check”

Ford’s lucrative F-Series was the number one best selling vehicle in America last year — even topping roadway regulars like Toyota’s Camry — and Ford aims to remain on the top of the leader board with its F-150 Lightning, introduced last year. But first, the automotive company likely needs to iron out a few wrinkles, especially when it comes to charging up the truck’s batteries. Ford CEO Jim Farley saw this firsthand when he decided to drive the all-electric light truck in early August for a trip from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, which he announced on LinkedIn. “Long hauling in an electric truck is an act of pioneerism, not because it’s hard or dangerous, but because it’s a new way to experience America,” he wrote.

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